Microsoft launches Windows Server 2016 nine months promoting to get users to migrate to VMware vSphere Hyper-V.
Microsoft launches a nine-month promotion on 1 September, which will provide users with free licenses of VMware vSphere Windows Server Datacenter to move to Hyper-V.
The start date of 1 September is a bit strange, because Windows Server 2016 are not “launch” to the last week of September at the Microsoft Ignite fair, and generally will not be available until early October 2016. (I assume the additional months ahead is for those who want to make the tires last technical preview of Windows Server 2016 before committing.)
The fine print of the offer also provides customers changing workloads to Hyper-V will qualify for the data center server 2016 Windows licenses for free when they purchase Windows Server Datacenter more of your volume license map software assurance – means that customers still need to purchase software assurance for the free license on the server in the data center.
Downloadable sheet data migration offering notes that most free licenses Windows Server Datacenter, participating users will receive free online training through Microsoft Virtual Academy. Offer ends June 30, 2017.
Windows Server 2016 Datacenter is one of a handful of Windows Server 2016 editions Microsoft will launch this year. The version of the data center is “data center environments and in highly virtualized cloud.” Other editions include Windows Server 2016 Standard, Essentials, premium MultiPoint Server, Storage Server, and Hyper-V Server.
On the front of the Windows Server 2016 Datacenter and Standard license authorized by heart; Essentials, Multipoint premium storage server are allowed by the processor, as this chart from a recent blog Microsoft OEM Team Australia clearly. Users who wish to implement the Nano server mode – either data centers or Standard – need to have a Software Assurance to do so.
Nano Server is one of three installation options, Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter. (The other two are Server with the desktop experience and Server Core.) The option of long-term services Directorate are not available for Nano Server and the current branch more frequently updated for the model of ownership Service not available for desktop and server with server Core. See this blog post for details on upcoming maintenance options.
Datacenter Edition allows users to run any number of operating system environments / containers Hyper-V and Standard Edition allows only two. Datacenter Edition also includes features such as direct storage spaces and reading storage, armored virtual machines and network stack, which are not part of the standard edition.